Lloyd Espenschied (Engineering, Alumnus)
Coaxial Cable, (1929)
In 1929, along with Herman Affel, Espenschied invented the coaxial cable, a breakthrough advance in telecommunications that allowed for long distance telephone service. The invention, created for AT&T’s Bell Laboratories, made possible simultaneous phone calls on long distance circuits and laid the groundwork for television transmission. Holder of over 100 patents, Espenschied was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 2006.